Publisher: Cathy Unger
Contributors: Bob Gregorski, Ernie Ludwig
Monthly meetings meetings are starting back up on the first Wednesday of the month in the Community Room at the, ION Bank, (formerly the Naugatuck Savings Bank), 87 Church St., Naugatuck, CT. For further information call Dom Falcon
This month we will have a Speaker, Tracy Brown from the Northeastern Restoration TU who will be discussing our Jack Brook project and offer her expertise in this area on how we should proceed. This should be inspiring for those who have never experienced a restoration project like this being done.
Please join us at 7:00 pm on April 1st at the ION Bank community center in Naugatuck.
TU ANNUAL BANQUET NEWS IN MARCH
Our Annual Chapter Banquet has been scheduled to be held on March 27th at the Crystal Room in Naugatuck, which is being held at the same restaurant as last year. Tickets will be able to be purchased online or by phone just like last year. We have managed to hold the price for tickets at $35.00 dollars each or $65.00 per couple which is the same amount as last year. More information on the times and menu will follow. Please contact Ed Dearborn at 203-263-6229 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org , who will gladly accept Cash or checks from anyone who would like to attend.
FLYTYING AT STOP & SHOP
The seasonal Fly tying classes sponsored by the our chapter has started on the second, third and forth weeks of every month at Stop & Shop in Southbury at 7:00pm sessions for the season will end as of March 31st of 2015. There is still time to attend and share in the fun. Don’t be afraid to bring some friends or family along. Photos of this fun event will be published in the May newsletter. Thanks to all that made it a success.
OPENING DAY OF FISHING
A reminder to all, that fishing season this year opens on April 11th in Connecticut which is one week earlier that last year. Make sure you have your licenses (that’s for those of us that need them) before you go out on the water. Here are some helpful spring tips; Spring is here. This means fishing waters are taking shape. We have an entire season stretching out ahead of us…it's time to get ready. Whether you're a seasoned pro or a first-time fly fisher on your way to your first adventure, a little preparation is essential. This article gives you 5 easy tips on preparing your gear for either the freshwater or saltwater 2014 season.
1. Ready your rod. If your fly rod has been in mothballs over the winter, take it out and check the guides to make sure they're straight and undamaged. Check the guides on your fly rod for grooves and wear. Smooth them out with some fine sandpaper if necessary. Check to make sure the reel seat is functioning properly. Nothing is worse than having the reel come loose while you are fighting a fish. The fish already have enough advantages!
2. Spool your reel. Check your reel to make sure it winds smoothly. Squirt a drop of lubricant into the moving parts (don't overdo it - one drop is usually enough). Always start the fly fishing season with fresh line on your reel. Be sure to choose a line weight which matches your rod. If you don’t replace your line, take time to clean it and check it for wear. A new line or a clean line makes for longer casts. Also, check to see that you have plenty of different sizes of tippet and 9’ to 15’ leaders on hand.
3. Take inventory. It's time to make sure your vest and tackle boxes are well stocked. If you're going on a guided fishing trip, your guide may provide all the flies and tools you need. However, it doesn't hurt to bring your own. You never know. Your favorite pattern may turn out to be your secret weapon. Remember to bring extra items like polarized sunglasses, pliers, sunblock, insect repellent, gloves, extra socks, and a wide-brimmed hat. You'll be glad you brought them.
4. Get ready to wade. If you have a pair of waders, check them for leaks ahead of time by taking them into a darkened room and shining a flashlight from the inside. The light will make any holes immediately apparent. You can mark the holes on the outside with chalk. Remember to always patch holes from the inside, or this might be the year to make an investment in new waders!
5. Get licensed. If you're going to a far-flung fishing destination, chances are fishing licenses are available locally. This is one fly fishing preparation step you can easily get out of the way in advance, by purchasing your license online.
SPRING?? Bob Gregorski
Is it Spring outdoors?
It’s difficult to accept that our calendars indicate 3/20 was the FIRST DAY of SPRING 2015. It’s been a long time since I can remember a brutal winter like we have been experiencing. Last weekend was a wash-out for most outdoor activities. The snow pack and loch ice has been melting changing conditions for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and ice fishing. Some rivers and streams are at or near flood stage. March 20, 2015—FIRST DAY of SPRING 2015—really! And the Opening Day of many fishing seasons is April 11; it’s only three weeks away.
Here’s some good news for anglers of all ages from the DEEP Inland Fisheries Division (IFD). Connecticut Aquatic Resources Education (CARE) will hold SPRING CLASSES. Scheduled are 24 Family Fishing Courses for spring 2015 in Ansonia (2), Avon, Bristol, Bridgeport, Chester, Colchester, Farmington(2), Glastonbury, Hampton, Killingworth, Litchfield, Meriden, Milford, New Britain, New Haven, Newington, Norwich, Oxford, Stamford, Trumbull, West Haven and Windsor. Several recent partnerships have formed connecting town recreation departments and CARE resulting in new location offerings for Family Fishing Courses this spring. Dozens more classes are anticipated to be scheduled for the upcoming season.
CATFISH—Preparations for ordering Channel Catfish to be stocked in May 2015 are being made. This includes a review of past stocking densities and incorporating any changes that may be needed in the coming year. Channel Catfish age-and-growth analysis is ongoing.
SEA-RUN ATLANTIC SALMON — In December, IFD staff assisted in picking and enumerating ‘eyed’ Atlantic salmon eggs at the Kensington State Fish Hatchery. Salmon-in-Schools – In December, IFD staff at the Kensington State fish Hatchery helped with the distribution of around 20,000 eggs to over 60 schools. Diadromous program staff delivered eggs to the Waterford High and Great Neck Elementary schools. Transferred approximately 191,000 ‘eyed’ Atlantic salmon eggs from the Kensington State Fish Hatchery to stream-side incubators operated by the Tributary Mill Conservancy in Old Lyme. This is a privately-run volunteer hatchery in an old mill that uses brook water to incubate salmon eggs. When these eggs hatch, the fry will be stocked into the Salmon River Watershed.
SEA-RUN BROWN TROUT —In January the second year of importing Finnish Iijoki strain sea-run brown trout eyed eggs went smoothly. All of the flights from Oulu, Finland through Frankfurt Germany to Boston’s Logan Airport remained on-schedule and the eggs were in incubation trays at the Burlington State Trout Hatchery after 60 hours in transit. Results from last year’s importation indicated that this strain of brown trout does poorly when overly-crowded, so this year staff reduced the number of imported eggs from 56,000 to 37,000 to better fit into the available hatchery space. The eggs looked great as they were loaded into incubation trays (Heath Trays) at the Burlington State Trout Hatchery. Since then, the eggs have hatched and the sac fry have been transferred into small aluminum raceways (troughs). To this point, mortality has been negligible.
Due to slower than expected growth in the hatchery, the IFD will retain 5,000 sea-run brown trout parr (from the 2014 egg importation) to produce two-year-old smolts, which will be stocked in the spring of 2016. The remaining 3,800 sea-run brown trout from the 2014 importation will be stocked as parr during the spring of 2015.
RAINBOW SMELT— in 2014 preliminary work was initiated to explore the potential for restoring a historic smelt population into West Hill Pond in (New Hartford-Barkhamsted). This once popular recreational fishery, and important forage base for trout, was lost some time in the early 1990’s. As done last year, spawning mats will be placed into tributaries of a water supply reservoir to collect fertilized Rainbow Smelt eggs during the spring of 2015. Fertilized eggs will then be transferred to a tributary of West Hill Pond.
HOUSATONIC THERMAL REFUGE ENHANCEMENT—A meeting with stakeholders was held to discuss possible approaches to conducting additional enhancement work in key refuges in the Housatonic River Trout Management Area (TMA) (Cornwall). Both the Mill Brook and Furnace Brook refuges have been the focus of volunteer manual labor efforts to improve trout survival in the refuges during particularly warm summers. Angler groups are proposing more intensive activities using heavy equipment. There appears to be some potential for making larger and hopefully more durable improvements by going this route. Details remain to be worked out.
Free Membership for Women
Expanding TU's Membership Base.
And speaking of new members, do you know any women who enjoy our sport, conservation or both? Well, TU is interested in attracting more women to the organization and for a limited time is offering women free memberships.
Please feel free to share this information with any women anglers or conservationists you might now. Let's all work to expand our influence.